Jessica: That you can’t really see, you know?
Sooyoung: I mean, which girl would like that?
Yuri: Let’s just decide on one choice. Sandals with socks are a definite no.
Sunny: Then let’s be a little more specific. Sandals with toe socks are a definite no.
Complex: [Laughs.] Okay, it has become more lenient, but why do you think fans of Asian pop have this notion that idol stars shouldn’t date?
Hyoyeon: I want to ask that, too. Why?
Sunny: I guess because idols are usually young, and many of them have innocent and lively appearances. So I guess it’s difficult for many people to imagine them dating. And I also feel like many people consider idols to be their girlfriends or boyfriends. Not only do we not want to shatter their fantasy, but also idols, including us, we’re too busy to actually date. I think we can start dating, or fall in love when we’re ready. Maybe after we’re satisfied with our goals.
Complex: Jessica, do you agree?
Jessica: Yeah, yeah. We all have boyfriends, you know? Guy friends.
Complex: Okay, I’d like to take this opportunity to clear up a misunderstanding. Sooyoung, do you remember the comment: “Shake a tree in Apgujeong and 10 Sooyoungs will fall out”?
[Ed note—The comment appeared in a previously published Complex article describing Girls’ Generation. The statement made headlines in multiple Korean media outlets, and hosts of a popular variety program, Radio Star, asked Sooyoung about the description when she appeared on the show.]
Complex: We didn’t mean to offend you in anyway. What we meant to say was that there are a lot of attractive women in Apgujeong [a section of Seoul].
Sooyoung: Oh, yeah, I understood it as such.
Tiffany: Wow, you’re really honest.
Sooyoung: The only questions that boggled my mind were, “How can such a tree exist? What kind of seeds would it need?”
Sooyoung: I was just joking. [Laughs.] I’m sorry.
Complex: If Girls’ Generation didn’t exist, what would you guys be doing right now?
Taeyeon: I guess it’d be different for everyone.
Sunny: Most of us would be students, no?
Jessica: Yeah, I guess we’d be studying. Probably take a year off, do an internship, and then go study abroad.
Tiffany: But since we all started doing this at such a young age, I don’t think we can imagine ourselves anywhere else. And this is where we wanted to be.
Taeyeon: Some of us were trainees since we were in elementary school. So, truthfully, it’s even difficult for us to imagine.
Complex: Then please tell me a happy instance, and a sad moment, since becoming a popular k-pop star.
Taeyeon: Personally, I’m happy that my current position as a celebrity allows me to gain so much support from various people. But at the same time, it’s sad that so much of my personal life and opinions have to get exposed to the public.
Tiffany: I think we can all agree.
Sooyoung: The sense of responsibility that comes along with the exposure…
Taeyeon: Yes, certainly there’s a big pressure of feeling accountable for our behaviors.
Sooyoung: You want to give back the love the public have for you. And as a result, you have to be held responsible for your actions. It was a dilemma for us before, but now we just look at it like, “They support us because we’re doing what we love to do.” The passion and urge we displayed initially is why they liked us from the beginning. We believe doing our best is the only way for us to repay those who love us.